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Gum disease is a dental disorder where sacks of bacterial acids infect the gums, damaging the gums and decaying pearly whites and bone. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Fortunately, periodontal disease is preventable with suitable hygiene habits and treatable at our office. Here’s a few additional bits of info about gum disease.

Periodontal disease is caused by bacterial acids left on the pearly whites after eating sugar and other foods. As the bacterial acids cling to the teeth and gums, they fashion plaque and bacteria that damage the tooth enamel and inflame the gumline. Since leftover bacteria from food is the main contributor to the development of the ailment, the most obvious cause of the sickness is poor dental hygiene.

For advanced periodontitis, Dr. James R. Knochel will likely suggest one of a few different surgical possibilities to help in getting the periodontal disease under control. One option is a soft tissue graft, where part of your gums is exchanged with a healthy quantity of gum tissue from an uninfected site in your oral cavity or a donor’s mouth. Another option is flap surgery, where gum tissue is lifted to permit scaling and planing of the roots. Additional surgical alternatives for the removal of gum disease include tissue regeneration and bone grafting.

To learn more about surgical picks for advanced types of gum disease, please call the dental team of James R. Knochel, D.D.S., P.C. in Tucson, Arizona, at 520-747-7944 now. Dr. James R. Knochel and the team will be happy to answer your queries, and they’ll set up you an appointment to help you to get the smile of your dreams.